Ghanaian investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas has reacted to his defamation suit against Assin Central MP , Kennedy Agyapong which was dismissed by court on Wednesday, March 15, 2023.
The Accra High Court on Wednesday, March 15 dismissed Anas Aremeyaw Anas’s Gh¢25 million defamation suit against Kennedy Agyapong.
It will be recalled that the award-winning Ghanaian investigative journalist sued the Assin Central lawmaker in 2018 for allegedly defaming him after the politician aired his ‘who watches the watchman’ documentary video.
In his writ, Anas prayed to the court to award GHC25 million against Mr Agyapong to compensate him for the defamatory material published against him by the maverick MP who has declared his intention to contest for the NPP flagbearership position.
In court today, the judge – Justice Eric Baah said Anas Aremeyaw Anas failed to substantiate his claims that he has been defamed and that the documentary aired by Mr Agyapong rather exposed the shady deals that the award-winning investigative journalist and his associates were involved in.
The court came to a conclusion that what Anas Aremeyaw Anas is engaged in is not investigative journalism but rather investigative terrorism and that Agyapong was justified to call Anas “a blackmailer, corrupt, an extortionist, and evil”.
In his ruling, Justice Eric Baah said, “I find the claims by the plaintiff [Anas Aremeyaw Anas) meritless and they are hereby dismissed.”
Reacting to this in a statement, Anas Aremeyaw Anas described the ruling as very inimical to the administration of justice and fairness.
He said, “We find the decision of the court an unfortunate travesty of justice and very inimical to the administration of justice and fairness. If for nothing at all, Mr. Agyapong made an allegation of murder against Mr. Anas. There is absolutely nothing contained in the said documentary which alludes to the commission of murder or an allegation of the commission of murder by Mr. Anas”.
Anas further said, “there is absolutely nothing contained in the said documentary which alludes to the commission of murder or an allegation of the commission of murder by Mr. Anas. Thus, that documentary cannot provide any justification for an allegation of murder in the wildest imagination. Yet the judge conveniently ignored this obvious fact and the fact that Mr. Anas is not a suspect for murder and is not under investigation for murder”.
“Tiger Eye P.I and our CEO, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, remain resolute in our fight against corruption in the Ghanaian society in service to God and country,” Anas added in the statement.